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    National Public Lands Day being celebrated Saturday

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    September 26, 2019 | National Public Lands Day is being recognized Saturday at Little Beaver State Park, with stewardship projects and a celebration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

    The event is being hosted by Stewards Individual Placement Program and West Virginia Rivers Coalition. 

    "West Virginia’s outstanding public lands are vital to the state; providing green spaces and acting as important economic drivers," the release said. "West Virginia would not have these special places without the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses revenue generated from federal oil and gas leases to purchase and maintain public lands."

    Source: Beckley Register-Herald • Stewards Individual Placement Program

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    Veteran goes from fighting in Iraq to firefighting

    Veterans Fire Corps

    September 25, 2019 | Navy Veteran Tyler Welch used to patrol the streets of Iraq as a corpsman. Now, he’s fighting a new battle against fires.

    Welch is part of the Veterans Fire Corps crewmember program, run through the Southeast Conservation Corps. SECC is an AmeriCorps-affiliated non profit that engages recent-era Veterans, partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Southeast Region. SECC started the Veterans Fire Corps program in 2018. The 10-month intensive training program engages recent-era military Veterans up to age 35 in fuels reduction, fuels management, and wildland firefighting.

    Source: VA Blog • Southeast Conservation Corps

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    Park hosts present-day Conservation Corps

    Conservation Corps North Carolina

    September 25, 2019 | Hanging Rock State Park was brilliantly built in the 1930s by the original CCCs (Civilian Conservation Corps). The park was lucky enough to have the opportunity to house a new edition of the CCCs in this five-person CCNC crew with a crew leader this month. The crew set up their camping tents just yards away from the original CCC Camp 3422 and reported for duty. Their first assignment was to hike Ruben Mountain trail and de-berm, which is to remove the hump of soil that collects at the edge of the trail and prevents water from sheeting off properly.

    Source: The Stokes News • Conservation Corps North Carolina

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    Baileys Trail is helping ecotourism in Southeast Ohio

    September 25, 2019 | The construction of Baileys Trail will help with the ecotourism industry in Athens and Southeast Ohio.

    Southeast Ohio hosts thousands of visitors each year all coming in for ecotourism, which is a form of tourism that recreates in and fosters healthy ecosystems, equitable community development and fair financial gains. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and appreciating nature.  

    Source: The Post Athens Ohio • Appalachian Conservation Corps

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    In Tennessee, teenagers are taking on trail maintenance

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    September 11, 2019 | The story behind how four high schoolers formed a first-ever work crew comprised entirely of women to tackle backlogged projects in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park this summer.

    Source: REI Journal • Southeast Conservation Corps

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    The national parks system is falling apart: These diverse service corps can help fix it

    Conservation Legacy

    September 6, 2019 | America’s national park system is getting wilder by the second—and that’s not great news for visitors. This country’s park system is made up of more than 85 million acres of outdoor space. It features pristine forestland, breathtaking canyons, and monumental former battlefields across all 50 states.

    Source: Fast Company • Southeast Conservation Corps • Conservation Legacy • Ancestral Lands

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    Community Volunteer Ambassadors and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Stewards Individual Placement Program

    September 4, 2019 | This month, Stewards Program Coordinator and former Klondike CVA, Allie Burdick, along with Communications Team member Amber Wong, sat down with Seattle Area National Park Sites (including Klondike) superintendent Charles Beall to talk about his positive experience working with four years of CVAs.

    Source: Stewards Individual Placement Program

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    Monarch fund disburses $30,000

    Southwest Conservation Corps

    August 27, 2019 | Monarch Mountain’s Ski Conservation Fund has disbursed a little more than $30,000 to three different area conservation projects, the National Forest Foundation announced last week.

    The fund gave $12,000 to the Monarch Pass Gravel Pit Restoration Project, $13,200 to the Boss Lake Trail Improvement Project and $7,600 to develop cross-country ski trails near Monarch Mountain.

    The gravel pit project is being handled by Trout Unlimited, and the other two projects are being run by Southwest Conservation Corps.

    Source: The Mountain Mail • Southwest Conservation Corps

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    Arizona Conservation Corps crew works with HistoriCorps in Northern Arizona

    Arizona Conservation Corps

    August 27, 2019 | Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) White Mountains Crew 361 joined HistoriCorps for a week of historic preservation work in Pinedale, AZ. Located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the crew worked on the Pinedale Ranger Station originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934. Upon arrival, the former barn was quite a sight – panels of white and teal lead paint were peeling off the sides, patches of rooftiles were curled and missing, and failing wood was clearly visible. 

    Source: Arizona Conservation Corps

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    Employing Young And Diverse Leaders, Service Corps Benefit National Parks

    Southeast Conservation Corps

    August 27, 2019 | As the National Park Service celebrates 103 years of preserving America’s natural and cultural resources, the National Park Foundation Monday announced a more than $3.5 million investment in expanding young, diverse leaders’ capacity to help protect national parks, lift up communities, and gain in-demand job skills training through service corps programs.

    Service corps are locally-based organizations that engage young adults and veterans in projects that address recreation, conservation, disaster response, and community needs.

    Source: The Chattanoogan • Southeast Conservation Corps

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